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Larry Robinson, December 23, 2008 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
A powerful, fictional memoir of a young boy's discovery about his family's hidden past in World War II Paris. A slim but powerful book.
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Memory presents the Holocaust from the prespective of Jews who safely made it to unoccupied France, in the processing providing both a coming of age story and a love story. The author is a psychiatrist who succeeds in portraying the emotional life of the characters in such a believable manner that you believe you are reading biography not fiction. The novel is short and sparse - no extra baggage, every sentence matters. Highly recommended.
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A stunning memoir by the author about his parents who are Holocaust survivors. We are given the somewhat romanticised version from his own boyhood memories then slowly the real story emerges.Powerful and well-written.Winner of the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Wizo(Jewish Interest).
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Product Details

Simon & Schuster
McLean, Polly
Grimbert, Philippe
General Fiction
Publication Date:
February 2008
Grade Level:
7 x 5 in

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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Product details 152 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781416559993 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this slim, bleak second novel, French psychoanalyst Grimbert fictionalizes his wrenching family history, hidden for much of his youth. Born a sickly child in post-WWII Paris, Grimbert's narrator, 'Philippe Grimbert,' develops an obsessive fascination with the lithe, muscular bodies and athletic prowess of his beautiful parents. His fantasy life extends to an imaginary brother who at first offers comfort and protection, but soon becomes a way for the young narrator to vent his frustration with his own weakness and pallor. At 15, a violent altercation with a schoolroom bully over a lesson on Holocaust victims results in the revelation of his origins: Grimbert, the narrator's family's name, was once Grinberg, and the story of his parents' romantic retreat to the country during the war is shattered by a heartbreaking story of betrayal and sacrifice in occupied France. For Grimbert, the aftermath of WWII forced survivors into prisons of their own memories and denial, 'bound together by an impossible grief.' The story is powerful and gripping, but the juxtaposition between young Philippe's fantasy life and adult wartime realities is underdeveloped. Readers will share in the catharsis of Grimbert's revelations, but may feel a lingering emptiness once his family's secrets have been fully purged." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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